Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Syria: Suicide bombing hits capital in possible assassination attempt

May 4, 2015
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Fox News    

"An activist group and a state-owned Syrian TV station say a suicide bomber has blown himself up in Damascus. Al-Ikhbariya TV says authorities stopped an armed group in the Rokn al-Deen neighborhood of the capital on Monday. It says that one member of the group blew himself up. It offered no further details. The director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, says the bombing appeared to target a general who is responsible for army logistics and supplies." (05/04/15)

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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills one, injures 15

May 4, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying staff working for Afghanistan's attorney general killing one person and injuring 15. The Afghan interior ministry confirmed that the lone attacker detonated a suicide vest in downtown Kabul. Officials 'strongly condemned' they attack, which forms part of a wider spring offensive by the terrorist organisation against the Afghan state." (05/04/15)

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Yemen: Invaders land “reconnaissance” troops

May 4, 2015
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Foster's Daily Democrat    

"With helicopter gunships hovering overhead, at least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition, including Yemeni expatriates, came ashore Sunday in the southern port city of Aden on what military officials called a 'reconnaissance' mission, as fighting raged between Iranian-backed Shiite rebels [sic] and forces loyal to the nation's exiled president. The landing was the first of its kind since the start of the Saudi-led air campaign against the rebels [sic] and their allies -- forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh -- who have captured most of northern Yemen and marched on southern provinces over the past year." (05/03/15)

http://www.fosters.com/article/20150503/NEWS/150509820/14372  

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Syria: Regime strikes kill more than 20, rebel sources say

April 30, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Syrian government forces have carried out a series of air raids and shelled several areas in the country's northwest in an apparent attempt to halt a rebel advance, killing at least 20 civilians, activists said Thursday. State-owned news agency SANA said troops were targeting 'terrorists,' a term the government uses to refer to all of its armed opponents. ... The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday at least 23 civilians, including five children, were killed in those airstrikes." [editor's note: As I occasionally remember to mention, the "Observatory" is an anti-regime propaganda center located in London; grain of salt warranted - TLK] (04/30/15)

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Syria: Regime forces bomb disputed town

April 27, 2015
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Independent [Ireland]    

"Syrian military aircraft have bombed the north-western town of Jisr al-Shughour today, a day after insurgents seized control of it as part of a broader offensive that has left government forces in the area reeling. The opposition campaign, spearheaded by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic rebel factions, has captured the two largest urban centres in Idlib province in the space of a month." (04/26/15)

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Israeli forces kill four in Golan strike

April 27, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Israeli aircraft killed four armed militants who crossed from Syria into the Israeli-held section of the Golan Heights to attack Israeli troops, the military said. The militants were carrying an explosive device, an army spokeswoman said by phone, speaking on condition of anonymity according to military rules. The military didn't say whether the armed men were Syrians or members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group backed by Iran." (04/27/15)

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Refuse ground war with Islamic State

April 24, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner  

"Conservative calls for more muscular intervention to destroy Islamic State have grown louder and will only grow more frequent as the 2016 campaign heats up. Although the American public has identified the Islamic militant group as a critical threat and wants something done, another U.S. ground war is the wrong answer. War is unnecessary and would be disastrously costly and counterproductive." (04/23/15)

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Iranian warships arrive at strategic strait off Yemen coast

April 23, 2015
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Middle East Eye [UK]    

"Two Iranian warships reached the Gulf of Aden just off the coast of Yemen on Wednesday, as Saudi Arabia said Iran had 'absolutely no role to play' in the impoverished country. Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported that two warships had arrived at the Gulf of Aden, a strategic waterway that connects the Persian Gulf with Egypt's Suez Canal and is thought to carry some 3.4 million barrels of oil daily. ... On Monday, days after the Iranian navy announced a deployment to the Gulf of Aden, the US Navy said that its aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, was on its way to the region, escorted by the USS Normandy, a guided missile destroyer." (04/22/15)

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Yemen: Saudis declare end to airstrikes, then resume airstrikes

April 22, 2015
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CNN    

"Saudi Arabia resumed airstrikes in Yemen on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after announcing the end of its 'Operation Decisive Storm,' a nearly month-long campaign against Houthi positions. The strikes returned after rebel [sic] forces launched an attack on a government military brigade not under Houthi control, security sources in Taiz said. The brigade quickly fell to the rebels [sic], they said. It was unclear if the fighting represented a resumption of the operation or was a short-term resumption of hostilities." (04/22/15)

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America should say no to war against Iran: US has no right to kill at will

April 22, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"It's painful to admit, but the U.S. is the globe's most warlike nation. Since the end of the Cold War no other state has attacked as many countries or threatened as many countries as has America. That aggressive policy continues to this day. Backing Saudi Arabia against Yemeni rebels. Bombing Islamic State forces. Threatening to attack Syria. Overthrowing the Libyan government. Launching sustained drone campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen. Years of nation-building in Afghanistan. Overthrowing Iraq's Saddam Hussein. All this since 2001. It is an extraordinary record. The most persistent threat to use force has been against Iran." (04/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/koht9hq  

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Ukraine: US troops begin training regime forces

April 21, 2015
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The Hill    

"The Pentagon announced Monday that approximately 300 U.S. paratroopers are in Ukraine training its forces to [re-impose the regime's rule on the seceded Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics]. The soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Vincenza, Italy, will train three groups of about 300 Ukrainian National Guardsmen over the next six months at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv in Western Ukraine." (04/20/15)

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Yemen: Sanaa air strike kills at least 15

April 20, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"An air strike on a Scud missile base in the Houthi rebel [sic] controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa triggered a big explosion that blew out windows in homes, killing at least fifteen people and wounding dozens on Monday, medical sources said. Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Sunni Arab countries in air strikes against the Iran-allied Shi'ite Houthi group and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemen's state news agency Saba, run by the Houthi movement, said the bombing resulted in 'dozens of martyrs and hundreds of wounded,' citing a city official. The reference to 'dozens martyred' might suggest that a larger number of soldiers at the base had been killed." [editor's note: Here we go again. In the first sentence they're "rebels." Then in the third sentence, it notes that the people who were called rebels run the state news agency. Hint: If you run the state, you're not a "rebel" - TLK] (04/20/15)

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Yemen: Airstrikes, strong explosions rock Sanaa

April 20, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Powerful explosions have rocked the Yemeni capital, shattering windows and waking residents up, as Saudi led-airstrikes target suspected weapon caches and missiles held by Shiite rebels [sic]. ... Saudi Arabia and allied countries began launching airstrikes on March 26, hoping to roll back the rebels [sic], known as Houthis, who seized Sanaa in September and have overrun large parts of the country." [editor's note: Why do the media keep calling them "rebels?" Once you've kicked out the previous government and replaced it, you're not "rebels" any more - TLK] (04/20/15)

http://www.startribune.com/world/300626351.html  

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Our enemies, the Saudis

April 20, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Let’s get this straight: Saudi Arabia is Al Qaeda. If there was any doubt about that, the Kingdom's invasion of Yemen makes it plain as day." (04/20/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/04/19/our-enemies-the-saudis  

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Iraq: Regime says Baiji oil refinery retaken from Islamic State

April 20, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Iraqi government forces have fully liberated the strategic Baiji refinery from Islamic State militants, state media said Saturday, and military reinforcements were reportedly arriving at the embattled western city of Ramadi. Airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition continued to pound positions, with the U.S. Central Command on Saturday reporting half a dozen new strikes near Baiji and Ramadi, capital of Anbar province." (04/18/15)

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Hubris unlimited: Tom Cotton versus reality

April 17, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Freshman Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) wants the United States to pick a fight with Iran. Not an all-out brawl, he says; just an itty-bitty bout along the lines of 1998's Operation Desert Fox, in which US aircraft carried out four days of airstrikes on Iraq. Setting aside the fact that there's just no reason for such an exercise -- P5+1 negotiation theater aside, Iran doesn't seem to have an active nuclear weapons development program for airstrikes to target -- the whole concept of 'limited war' is bogus and dangerous." (04/16/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1004  

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Yemen: Amid chaos, al Qaeda consolidates hold of province

April 17, 2015
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Yahoo! News    

"Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen consolidated control over much of the country's largest province on Thursday, capturing a major airport, an oil terminal and the area's main military base, and striking an alliance with local tribal leaders to administer the region. The gains highlight how al-Qaida has exploited the chaos in Yemen, where Shiite rebels are battling forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. A 3-week-old Saudi-led air campaign in support of Hadi has so far failed to halt the rebels' advance." [editor's note: Why do western media continue to refer to the Houthis as "rebels?" They deposed the former government some time ago. The "forces loyal to exiled president ... Hadi" are the "rebels" now - TLK] (04/16/15)

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What the hell are we doing in Yemen?

April 17, 2015
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"The U.S. government has charged into another civil war in the Middle East. When you find yourself repeatedly asking, 'Will they ever learn?' the answer may be that the decision-makers have no incentive to do things differently. What looks like failure may be the intended outcome. Quagmires have their benefits -- to the ruling elite -- if American casualties are minimized." (04/16/15)

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Colombia: Eleven regime troops killed in apparent rebel attack

April 16, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Eleven soldiers were killed and 19 injured in an attack by leftist guerrillas in Colombia, likely a major violation of the rebels' pledge of a unilateral cease-fire that throws into doubt the future of peace talks. The attack occurred around midnight Tuesday in the volatile southwest department of Cauca when an army unit on a routine patrol was surprised by guerrillas firing homemade explosives and grenades. A corporal and 10 others were killed during the ambush by a unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the army's third division said in a statement. ... The latest attack underscores one of the biggest obstacles in the way of a deal: the FARC leadership's lack of control over the estimated 7,000 troops still on the battlefield." (04/15/15)

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A really bad idea: A “limited” war with Iran

April 16, 2015
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"The main fallacy in the professed hawkish case for limited war is that the United States would be in complete control of the escalation process. The reality is that Iran could greatly escalate the military confrontation. And one cannot imagine people in Congress like Tom Cotton, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham (or the warhawk contingent in the news media) keeping their cool and adhering to a limited war agenda if Tehran or its clients retaliated by attacking a U.S. ally in the Middle East -- much less if such an attack killed Americans. The instant that such an incident occurred, the current proponents of a limited war would demand a full-scale U.S. military campaign to overthrow the Iranian government. And at that point, we would be in a new Middle East war that would make the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts look like minor skirmishes." (04/15/15)

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Mali: Suicide bomb attack kills three, wounds 16

April 16, 2015
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Washington Post    

"The U.N. mission in Mali says a suicide bomber has attacked a peacekeeping base, killing at least three people. In a statement released Wednesday, the U.N. mission known as MINUSMA said that the attack had taken place around 11:30 a.m. in the town of Ansongo in Mali’s northern Gao region. At least nine peacekeepers were wounded along with seven civilians." (04/15/15)

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Somalia: Seventeen dead in attack on regime complex

April 14, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Al-Shabab militants have attacked a government complex in a busy area of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least 17 people dead, including seven assailants. A car loaded with explosives was driven into the wall surrounding the compound, and gunmen then stormed the building. Officials say the attack is now over and the building has been secured. Al-Shabab opposes the UN-backed administration and wants African Union forces to leave Somalia." (04/14/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32299273  

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UN Security Council imposes arms embargo on Yemenis, but not on invading coalition

April 14, 2015
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday blacklisted the son of Yemen's former president and a Houthi leader, and effectively imposed an arms embargo on the [allegedly] Iran-allied Houthi rebels [sic] who rule most of the country. The council voted 14 in favour. Russia abstained, saying some of its proposals for the resolution, drafted by council member Jordan and Gulf Arab states, were not included. 'The co-sponsors refused to include the requirements insisted upon by Russia addressed to all sides to the conflict to swiftly halt fire and to begin peace talks,' Russian UN." (04/14/15)

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Iraq: Car bombs kill at least 11 near Baghdad

April 14, 2015
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The Australian The Australian [Australia]    

"Seven people were killed when an explosives-laden car was detonated in a commercial area in the town of Mahmoudiyah, about 30km south of Baghdad, a police officer said. The car was parked in a mainly Shi'ite section of town near a bakery and went off as people were standing in line to buy bread. Another 13 civilians were wounded in Tuesday's attack. Hours later, another car bomb exploded in a parking lot outside Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad, killing four civilians and wounding 10, an official said." (04/14/15)

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Four Blackwater guards sentenced in Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians

April 13, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A federal judge Monday sentenced a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for killing 14 unarmed civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007, an incident that fomented deep resentments about the accountability of American security forces during one of the bloodiest periods of the Iraq war. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District rejected a claim of innocence by Nicholas A. Slatten, 31, of Sparta, Tenn., who received the life sentence after being convicted of murder in October for firing what prosecutors said were the first shots in the civilian massacre. The three others -- Paul A. Slough, 35, of Keller, Tex.; Evan S. Liberty, 32, of Rochester, N.H.; and Dustin L. Heard, 33, of Maryville, Tenn. -- were sentenced to 30 years plus one day after being convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter." (04/13/15)

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